Looking For Someone? – technology from Sweden allows cell phone users to locate friends

Looking For Someone? – technology from Sweden allows cell phone users to locate friends – Brief Article

Glen Mayers

A Swedish company has developed a way for friends and family members to locate one another instantaneously using a cell phone. “FriendPosition” can pinpoint a location within 30 feet, using a variation of the global-positioning technology found in some car models. Subscribers create a “buddy list,” either through a desktop computer or a handset, and then receive a text message or map showing everyone’s location.

If you’d rather not be found, you can disable FriendPosition to preserve your privacy. So far, legal and ethical concerns have kept the technology off the market in the U.S., but “it will be everywhere in three to five years,” predicts Nick Jones of research firm Gartner Group.

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